10.31 pavanaḥ pavatām asmi (Original)

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Chapter 10

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pavanaḥ pavatām asmi
rāmaḥ śastra-bhṛtām aham
jhaṣāṇāṁ makaraś cāsmi
srotasām asmi jāhnavī

‘Of fluids, I am Pāvana; of the wearers of weapons, I am Rāma; of the finny tribe, I am the dolphin; of rivers, I am Jāhnavī[3. Ganges, the daughter of Jahnu Rishi. (Vide Vishṇu: Pur: IV.7-3,4.].’

Of those which are fluidic, I am Pāvana=wind. Of weapon-bearers (of warriors), I am Rāma. Unlike other manifestations (which are indirect) Rāma here is a direct manifestation. Rāma thus being directly the Lord Himself, the manifested aspect in ‘I am Rāma’ being the manifestation of wearing weapons. In indirect manifestations, such as ‘of Ādityas, I am Vishṇu’ etc, Ādityas etc, are kshetra-jñas or jīvās (individual souls) and constituting the body of the Lord —Who is their Soul —they are in the relation of attributes to Him, like the weapons (in this case) forming attributes to Rāma (the direct Incarnation of the Lord).

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